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SME PRIME

“Sometimes industries and schools don’t speak the same language, but SME PRIME has built a team that can translate, with great liaisons between schools and industry.”

- High School Educator

Directly Enhancing Manufacturing and Engineering Talent Across the Country

SME PRIME® (Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education) is the signature program of the SME Education Foundation. Founded in 2011, SME PRIME partners private industry with academia to build custom manufacturing and engineering programs in high schools across the country — providing equipment, curriculum, teacher training and student scholarships along with funding for manufacturing-related extracurricular activities and program sustainability.

SME PRIME is the most comprehensive manufacturing and engineering program for high school students in the country.

What makes us different? 

  • SME PRIME is provided at no cost to high schools
  • Curriculum is tailored to meet local manufacturers’ needs and aligned with state educational standards
  • Foundation staff coordinate program development and alleviate administrative burdens
  • Ongoing financial support provided to sustain program longevity

SME PRIME Impact

93

Schools in 23 states

9,000

Students served annually

91%

Of PRIME seniors choose manufacturing/ engineering post-grad.

Preparing the Next Generation Workforce

Two million manufacturing jobs need to be filled by 2030. SME PRIME is the response to this challenge.

Program Offerings

All PRIME deliverables are free to the schools allowing for hands-on training in high schools across the country, supplemented with a tailored curriculum and influenced by local manufacturers in their communities.

Recent PRIME Stories

Edwardsburg PRIME high school students learn manufacturing skills

Filling manufacturing jobs is a growing challenge across the country. Nearly 2.5 million manufacturing jobs will go unfilled in the United States by 2030. Launched in May 2023, the Edwardsburg PRIME program is an important step to help strengthen the Southwest Michigan labor force and fill future manufacturing positions.

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SME Education Foundation PRIME Donors

We work with leading corporations, philanthropic organizations and educational institutions to inspire, prepare and support the next generation of manufacturing and engineering talent. SME PRIME investors and partners inform purchases of modern equipment, tailored curriculum, and hands-on training for high schools across the country.